A Million Dots – Sven Volker

  A Million Dots – Sven Volker, Cicada Books Limited, 9781908714664, 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture

What did you like about the book? The modern graphics provided by Sven Volker make this book an interesting “read” on the concept of numbers. The book does not contain a story but simply numbers adding up to 1,048,576. We first start with one dot and this is represented by a tree (really looking like a big green lollipop). One plus one is two and the next page we see two trees. However, this type of adding moves along pretty quickly such as  2+2, 4+4, 16+16, and before you know it, we are getting to 2,048+2,048 and 4,096+4,096, all the way to over one million (reminds me of One Grain of Rice). In the beginning, the dots are represented by apples on a tree, dots on a ladybug, or even freckles on a face. But when the numbers increase, we see the dots as frozen peas in a bag, stars in the nighttime sky, pixels on a computer screen, and grains of sand.

There is not a story but there can be some interesting discussion associated with this book. While reading, kids can chime in on other things that might have 16 dots, or 1,024 dots or even 1,048,576 dots–could lend itself to some lively discussion. As an added bonus, the last page opens up to reveal a panoramic page that is about 4 feet long — kids love this kind of thing!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of four and eight.

Who should buy this book? Public and school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of four and eight.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer  Kristin Guay, former youth librarian

Date of review: August 1, 2019


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